I was very saddened to read of the passing of Hall of Famer John Sellers. My earliest recollection as a little girl was watching Carry Back ( by Saggy out of Joppy) win the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness on TV with John as his pilot. I remember my dad thinking that we might see a Triple Crown winner that year. But it was not to be. John also won the Belmont Stakes on Hail to All in 1965. He was awarded the George Wolfe Award in 1969, and elected into the Hall of Fame in 2007. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
The second story of the day involves jockey Noberto Arroyo. According to the Blood Horse, he will serve 2 1/2 years in a NY State Prison for possession of cocaine. This is not the first time that Arroyo has been in trouble, and it is a sad situation to see such a talent go to waste. He galloped horses for a trainer of mine the fall before he started riding in New York. Early 90's I think. Seemed like a courteous, hard working kid and he certainly could ride. Such a shame to see this happen. I hope somehow he comes through this and can turn his life around.
The third story is about another Hall of Famer, Kent Desormeaux. This is NOT what we want to read about you, Kent! Seems he didn't pass a breathalyzer test up at Woodbine and was given a one day suspension and a fine. This prevented him from riding in the stakes that day, which his mount won. Riding is a tough and serious job. Jocks need every bit of skill and good sense to stay safe. Come on Kent, we want to read about you winning races, not stupid stuff like this.